Special Training

Techraking <=10: Bootstrapping the News (Sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting)

Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.

One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran data crunchers and programmers from The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you’ll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them.

You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you’re back home.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Beers at 5 p.m.

Location: International 10

Cost: $50 per person

Audience size: 50 people

Emcees: Michael Corey, Aaron Williams, Eric Sagara

Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet so they are prepared for programming classes at the conference.

Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges

Operating systems: Windows: Version 7 or higher; Mac: OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher. 4 GB of RAM, 10 GB of free hard-drive space.

Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes: VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xbuntu, Bower, csvkit, Django, Fabric, Git, Grunt, Ilene, MySQL, Node.js, NPM, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, Python, QuantumGIS, R, RBENV, Rails, Ruby, SQLite, Tabula, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper

Basic Schedule:

1-5 p.m.

I. Programming: Why should you care?

II. What we’re about to install

III. Installing VirtualBox and Ubuntu

IV. Brief overview of stuff you got with your install

V. Using your new powers
   

A. Updating/installing software with apt
   

B. Navigating the command line
   

C. Working with open-source software
   

D. Version control (git)
   

E. Virtual environments (virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper)
   

F. How to get help

5 p.m.

Beer/mingling (Park Bar, 150 Walton St NW, Atlanta, GA)

 

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau Public)

Thursday, March 5, 9-10:30 a.m.

This class is full.  There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.  

Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You’ll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other data
  • Create maps and charts
  • Make them interactive
  • Publish them on your site
  • Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

     

    Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau Public)

    Thursday, March 5, 11-12:30 p.m.

    This class is full.  There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.  

    Analyzing data and coming up interactive visualizations is easy in Tableau but sometimes getting everything looking polished isn’t. In this session you will learn how to break away from the default formatting in Tableau Public to create interactive data graphics that match your style guides and engage your readers.

    We will teach you how to:

  • Change colors, shapes, borders, fonts, and other basic formatting
  • Incorporate images, logos, and other graphic elements
  • Take advantage of advanced interaction techniques to incorporate multimedia
  • Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional
  • Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

     

    Intro to data stories in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau Public)

    Thursday, March 5, 1:30-3 p.m.

    This class is full.  There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.  

    Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

    We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other file types
  • Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
  • Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
  • Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention
  • Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

     

    Advanced calculations and analysis in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau Public)

    Thursday, March 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

    This class is full.  There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.  

    Learn how to use Tableau to dive deeper into your data and ask powerful questions. We’ll be starting with a “messy” dataset and learn how to explore trends that would normally be difficult to see without further analysis and calculations.

    To achieve this, we’ll be using:

  • Data Clean-up
  • Calculated Fields
  • Table Calculations
  • Basic Statistics – regression, histogram, box and whisker plots
  • Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.